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Mixed powder. I am glad my mistake only cost me 20.00

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by Mica, Nov 3, 2011.

  1. Mica

    Mica Eugene Active Member

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    So the other day I made a bone head move. I finished loading some 30-40 rounds then my next rounds were going to be some 270 rounds. of course in not paying attention to which container i was dumping my excess powder in , I ended up putting it in a brand new bottle of varget i was going to use for my 270.

    so i heard powder makes good fertilizer? is this true.
     
  2. Rascals

    Rascals Portland Or Active Member

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    Yes it is true. How I avoid it is to only have one powder out of the cabinet at one time. And I never take another out until the other is put back.
     
  3. SPU

    SPU Southwest Oregon Old Fart

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    A noob question -- can you scoop out 1/4 or half the can of Varget and figure you saved at least 1/2 a can? Or is it not worth the risk of missing the mixed portion on top?
     
  4. Rascals

    Rascals Portland Or Active Member

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    20.00$ vs a gun blowing up? Not a chance I like.
     
  5. giddyupgo55

    giddyupgo55 Vernonia Active Member

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    Did that once when I first started reloading myself. Called the gun shop that I was dealing with and his reply was to toss it. Not worth the risk.
     
  6. iusmc2002

    iusmc2002 Colville, WA Active Member

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    Well, if you get bored, you can always pick the individual grains out to seperate the two powders :laugh::bluelaugh:

    Sorry about the loss of a good can of Varget :(
     
  7. rodell

    rodell Newcastle, WA Active Member

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    It is good fertilizer, just water it immediately or it will "burn" grass or whatever.
     
  8. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    I know that one of the powders mixed was Varget. What was the other?

    I pulled a similar stunt many years ago and mixed two powders. Fortunately they were very close in burn rate. As I am a bit of a "Mad Scientist" I kept the "mix". I shook the can real well to make sure that everything was well mixed and then worked up a load for one of my heavy rifles using starting data for the fastest burning powder as a start. I would only do this if the powder burn rates were fairly close. Here is a Burn Rate Chart for reference. I would only attempt this if the powers were of like type, ie: spherical, ball, or stick, types.

    This isn't for everyone, only us "Mad Scientists". BTW, I still have all the guns I've done this with as well as both ears, eyes, and all fingers.
     
  9. Rascals

    Rascals Portland Or Active Member

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    "Mad Scientist" Isnt that code word for most likely to blow ones self up ? For 20 bucks toss it in grass or garden figure it a good lesson for not paying close enought attention and go on from there.
     
  10. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    It's on the list. Right after "Red Neck" or "Hillbilly";)
     
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    2506 Seattle Well-Known Member

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    I did the same thing a while back. Brand new bottle of RL-25 with a powder measure tube full of Unique on top. So annoying.
     
  12. Mica

    Mica Eugene Active Member

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    it was IMR 4035. its a slower powder than the varget. but I can say it wont happen again. My boys told me to make a big fire cracker. I couldnt help but laugh. I think they would mess there britches ,if they ever got to see a pound of powder go off. I feel fertilizer is much safer.
     
  13. PDXSparky

    PDXSparky Keizer / Hillsboro Well-Known Member

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    And the most often made statement heard just before the big boom; "hey bubba, watch this".
     
  14. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    Smokeless powder makes crappy firecrackers. It burns too slow. If you use a paper tube it will burn through one end or the other and just chase you around.
     
  15. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    Talk about mad scientists, LOL. You forgot the two ounces of nitroglycerin and the 1/2 cup of black powder. :)
     
  16. Lindy

    Lindy Central Ca. Member

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    Next to Life, Give Me Sight..............Throw it away !!